Uncut Gems Movie Ending Explained (In Detail)

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The Adam Sandler vehicle Uncut Gems The director brothers Josh and Benny Safdie are not only denied this year’s Oscar hunt, but also a USA cinema release. Instead, the breathless diamond hunt is now available on the streaming service Netflix – and doesn’t belong there. We reveal why in our review.

The noose around Howard’s neck continues to tighten…

The plot summary

New York in 2012: Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) is a charismatic jeweler who is always on the hunt for the next big deal. When he makes a series of risky bets that promise him the win of a lifetime, it becomes a tightrope walk where he must ruthlessly risk his business and family and overcome numerous problems on all sides in order to achieve his goal of ultimate profit to get closer. In order to pay off his gambling debts, he acquires a valuable black opal in order to then sell it for a profit. But when a famous basketball player borrows the most noble one and then doesn’t bring him back, things take a disastrous turn, as a result of which Howard’s balancing act between family and lover seems to be only the least of the evils.

Uncut Gems MovieMeaning of ending

Just four days ago it was announced that Adam Sandler had extended his exclusive contract with streaming market leader Netflix by four films. No wonder: the New York comedian’s own productions are among the most popular films on the platform. According to Netflix, his crime comedy “Murder Mystery” is the most streamed film of 2019 worldwide. Incidentally, the collaboration between Sandler and the on-demand giant, which has existed since 2014, has of course also produced a lot of horror. We just remember things like “The Ridiculous Six”, “The Do-Over” and “Sandy Wexler”. How fortunate that the Sandler productions are never really expensive and that Netflix is ​​only indirectly dependent on the access to the individual films anyway. Of course, things would look a little different in the cinema market, which is dependent on ticket sales. It is highly doubtful whether the contract extension has anything to do with the hype surrounding Sandler’s latest acting engagement, because for once Sandler’s production company Happy Madison did not tinker with “Uncut Gems” – in the original: “Uncut Gems”. Nevertheless, Netflix could also benefit from this sooner or later. If not from the praise for the directing work of the Safdie Brothers (“Good Time”) then at least from the fact that Sandler announced that if he didn’t win the Oscar (he wasn’t even nominated) he would intentionally make a particularly bad film want. And that in turn could be perfectly accommodated on Netflix…

In Howard Ratner’s (Adam Sandler) luxury jewelry store, every stone is put through its paces.

The fact that Sandler, despite his various nominations at prestigious film awards (including the Gotham Movie Awards and the Boston, Chicago and Toronto film festivals), has not even been suggested for one of the coveted golden boys, is somewhat reminiscent of the rejection of Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Nightcrawler ” performance at the Academy Awards in 2015. Even back then, this decision gave rise to speculation that the award jury was simply uncomfortable with contemporary performances by controversial personalities; Which is why Leonardo DiCaprio might not have received his coveted trophy until a year after “The Wolf of Wall Street”. Now Sandler only partially plays an evil villain in “Uncut Gems” and with Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker there is even a real villain among the Oscar nominees in the “Best Actor” category this year; which suggests that Sandler simply had no chance against such great competition. But it would have been absolutely justified to honor Sandler, after his countless comedy roles, for once again completely stepping out of his previous comfort zone after the tragicomic “The Meyerowitz Stories” and “Punch Drunk Love”. In “Uncut Gems” he plays an adrenaline-addicted gambler who would give his last shirt for the perfect deal; who soaks up the vibrant atmosphere of New York’s Diamond District as if it were his lifeblood. He haggles, threatens, speculates and gambles, while in the next moment he has everything straightened out again. And by the way, the essentially charismatic man also has a mistress and a wife and children, who he would only be happy to do justice to if it weren’t for his damn gambling addiction.

Ultimately, the comparison between “Uncut Gems” and “Nightcrawler” isn’t too far-fetched. Where Gyllenhaal’s sensational photographer Lou Bloom madly chases catastrophes with his camera in order to sell photos of dying people to the press faster than his colleagues, Sandler’s Howard races through New York’s jewelry and betting scene and tries to get his stones faster (and more expensive). man than the competition. As for Lou, the boundaries between a serious job and the gray areas of the law among gangsters and people who consider themselves gangsters soon become blurred for Howard. In this environment it is even more difficult to distinguish one from the other. Lou became one herself, Howard ends up in her hands when one day he can’t pay back the money he borrowed. The fact that with “Uncut Gems” the Safdie Brothers not only succeed in creating an outstanding study of the environment, but also the character portrait of a driven man, is due to Sandler’s spectacular acting performance, who always looks out for the best for himself and his loved ones with such a crazy look (and false teeth). !) tries to enforce that you can hardly turn your back on him. He rushes through the scenery as if on a drug, hardly allowing himself any breaks (he could miss the next big deal) and is supported by a direction that further underlines the world of thoughts of Howard, who is constantly dancing at many weddings at the same time.

In their last film, “Good Time,” Robert Pattinson let the Safdie brothers drive him through New York’s underworld. In “Uncut Gems” the two filmmakers go one step further and literally whip the breathless Sandler before them. Darius Khondji (“OK yes”) either sticks his camera to the back of the protagonist’s head or sneakily peeks out from behind objects, as if he were observing the scene from a distance as a bystander. This gives the whole thing something voyeuristic and increases the authenticity of what is shown. Nothing seems staged here; Even the narrative dramaturgy does not adhere to any unwritten film rules. The same applies to the largely improvised dialogues, in which one person never lets another person speak. Often entire groups of people talk at once, which often means that you don’t immediately understand which information is actually relevant for the further course of the action. There are no explanatory dialogues, no one to take the viewer by the hand and the overview can be quickly lost. But it is this very special Safdie vibe that “Uncut Gems” brings with it, which finds its perfection in the soundtrack, which features booming electro beats (Daniel Lopatin) with the – in the truest sense of the word – intoxicating background noise merge into a virtuoso sound carpet of decadence. We know what money feels or smells like. Thanks to “Uncut Gems” we finally know what money sounds like. Oh, if only you could experience that in the cinema…

Conclusion: Milieu study, portrait of a driven man and the sound of money – “Uncut Gems” is an equally virtuosic and breathless trip through New York’s Diamond District, which inspires audio-visually and presents us with an Adam Sandler who has never been better than here.

“Uncut Gems” is now available to stream on Netflix.

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